It is a symbol of guilt, and how when you do things this bad, the guilt can really never leave you. Guilt was indirectly the downfall of Macbeth, and was the downfall of Lady Macbeth. After killing Duncan, Macbeth proceeds to kill the guards, a totally logical move. But he then says that he killed the guards placing himself under the suspicion of many. He tries to save himself but still Macduff and others are suspicious of him.
This is a sign of Macbeth’s dirty conscious. Although Macbeth’s conscious is in this state, it becomes overridden by his ambition for power. Even while knowing killing someone is sinful, he still murders his beloved king and friend, Duncan. Without Lady Macbeth pressuring him the way she did, Macbeth will not gain the ambition and immense strive for power he does
Macbeth’s calm and collected attitude after the news of Banquo’s murder is unnerving and frightening, especially after seeing how affected he had been at the murder of King Duncan. When killing King Duncan, Macbeth was thoughtless and anxious, but when planned the murder of Banquo Macbeth was cool minded and collected. Macbeth was once a trustworthy man, but now is a disrespectful and violent king. Furthermore, after Banquo’s murder, his body is shown no respect as “Safe in a ditch he bides,/With twenty trenchèd gashes on his head” (Shakespeare 101). Banquo’s violent death and Macbeth’s reaction of indifference towards Banquo murder displays how far he’s fallen into the
He banished his brother Polyneices, and, in turn, started a war against his brother. Due to this display of greed, both of the brothers died in the end of the war. Being proud is not a fault, however letting that pride get in the way of reasoning and common sense, can lead to an undesirable outcome. Creon was proud in the cause Eteocles was fighting for, however he despised that Polyneices fought against it. So he made a law that Polyneices could not receive his rightful burial as Greek law stated.
The first murder of King Duncan only sealed Macbeth’s paranoia and served as a foundation for the murders of Banquo and Macduff’s family. After the first murder, Macbeth feels a colossal amount of guilt and shame. After the murder of Banquo, he feels that it is not enough since Fleance escaped, developing his guilt and shame of harming others into a fear for his own safety; a devastating degradation. However, during the assassination of Macduff’s family, Macbeth gives the command immediately without thought and without a trace of remorse after doing so. This thereby concludes his psychological downfall as he no longer feels guilty, ashamed, or fears
Ganelon committed quite a number of sins which presented him as being morally ambiguous. Over the course of the story, we saw that Ganelon was a very well-respected baron and also Roland's stepfather. But it was also clear that he resented his stepson's boastfulness and popularity among the Franks and his success on the battlefield. His jealousy served as a factor because Charlemagne favored Roland and Ganelon felt like he wasn't cared for. As a result of his resentment, He planned with the Saracens to kill Roland and his guards, this was after Roland had nominated him to be the messenger of the Saracens and he was not too happy about that so he used the opportunity to create a plan to kill Roland.
Chillingworth wants him to live with guilt the rest of his life. Chillingworth doesn’t even love Hester anymore, but he continues to torture Dimmesdale because he wants him to live with guilt the rest of his life. Chillingworth is an evil character that seems worse than Dimmesdale. Even though Chillingworth didn’t commit the crime
That is one reason why I think George felt like he needed to kill Lennie. George knew that Lennie just kept making horrible mistakes that got
Macbeth, who was initially a brave and respected nobleman of Scotland, performs an unforgiving deed by killing his loyal counterpart, King Duncan, to be crowned king and satisfy his ambitions. Initially, King Duncan viewed Macbeth as a trust – worthy and loyal individual as he is “in double trust” with Macbeth. Despite the loyalty and trust that Duncan expressed towards Macbeth, Macbeth’s prophecies and Lady Macbeth’s convincing words were enough to motivate his ambitions to betray King Duncan. However, after committing the murder and claiming the crown, Macbeth is unable to enjoy his superiority. This is predominantly due to the growing sense of guilt that has plagued him for
This constant lying made it easier for him to act as if it had never happened, for a long time he kept this secret. He then felt threatened by his own friend Banquo, remembering that great things were to happen to him as well. Again, he let the greed, and the want to have all the power and recognition for himself, control his decisions by ordering the murder of Banquo and his
Another example of greed contained within the text is the action of Macbeth attempting to murder Banquo and his offsprings. Macbeth had always felt threatened of Banquo’s power and stability in thinking which had added more tension to the situation. It is similar to Macbeth’s first act upon the prophecy, where he was not given much detail about the whole scheme yet he had his ambitions and greed to guide him to his actions. Macbeth had not considered if Banquo’s children would become the reign of Scotland well after Macbeth’s death as a possibility as he was in a place of great paranoia, trying to remain as King. Macbeth has also mentioned the jealousy he had felt to have Banquo continue his legacy whereas Macbeth’s reign was to be led on
This soliloquy shows us that Macbeth’s ambition is the only thing motivating him to carry out the regicide. He recognises that violent crimes are wrong and is concerned about the consequences of his actions unlike Lady Macbeth. He doesn’t want to betray the king’s trust, and knows people will be devastated at the loss of their humble leader. He discloses that he is afraid that the 'horrid deed ' shall 'return to plaque th 'inventor ', suggesting that his greatest fear is the consequences of killing his king and getting caught yet he admits that he has 'vaulting ambition '. We also see that his wife 's powerful persuasion is clear as he changes from clearly stating with a simple sentence, 'We will proceed no further in this business ' to 'I am settled and bend up ... to this terrible feat '.
The absence of thought utilized as a part of demanding the vengeance prompted the passings of both Laertes and Hamlet. Laertes arranged with Claudius to slaughter Hamlet with the harmed tipped sword, yet they had not imagined that the sword may be utilized against them. With Laertes trusting the King 's allegations that Hamlet had killed his dad, he battles Hamlet and wounds him once with the harmed tipped sword. Village continues to twisted Laertes with the same sword, demanding his demise. Villa had numerous opportunities to slaughter his uncle, however his fury exceeded his better judgment; and he held up until the ruler could see no great in Claudius, and afterward strike him down into a universe of unceasing punishment. "
The first apparition warns Macbeth to be aware of Macduff. However, Macbeth replies with “Then live, Macduff; what need I fear of thee? (4.1.89)” Even though Macbeth knows that Macduff will dangerous as he knows about the murder, Macbeth’s overconfidence makes him overlook Macduff as a threat. Macbeth has free will to kill Macduff even though Macduff is in England but his overconfidence, which is shown by his ignorance of Macduff.